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The Journey

The Journey: Shawn Balentine

“Do you want this for the rest of your life, or do you want something more?” asked the dark blur of a stranger sitting...
Burnout

Avoiding Burnout

When multiple stressors overtake our ability to cope with life’s competing demands, we may fall victim to them. Athletes train with dedication to hone and...
The Power of Fear

THE POWER OF FEAR

We all know fear. I’m not just talking about the big fears like terror and panic, but fear in all its variations. Fear is...
Attitude of Whatever

AN ATTITUDE OF WHATEVER

Chasing the high overtook school obligations, and cocaine quickly became a priority. He was completely unaware that addiction was taking hold. Friends and family...
Awfulizing

Awfulizing Again?

Roller coasters were my favorite thrill ride – until I got sober. The emotional roller coaster I boarded appeared specifically designed for Twelve Steppers....
Vance Johnson

LOST AND FOUND

My father was an alcoholic New Jersey gang-banger who got into a lot of trouble in the 1950s. To avoid jail time, he went into...
Flight

Flight To Transformation

The evening of February 3, 1999, started out like many other evenings. I had a fully-stocked liquor cabinet; a fridge full of beer; and...

The Sport of Kings

My name is Greg Mungall and I grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where I learned to surf and live a life of ‘surfing...

The Courage To Change

As a child, I did not experience acceptance at home. My dad was a practicing alcoholic; my mom was in “survival mode” most of...
Dealing with shame and fear in AA

Becoming Right-Sized

In his book, For God’s Sake, Alan Budge wrote, “Recovery isn’t about stopping drinking (or stopping whatever). It’s about investigating the ways of the ego,...

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